Wall supports are used in a variety of construction, refurbishment and excavation projects. When installed correctly, they can be perfectly safe. When proper installation procedures aren’t followed, however, they can be the cause of very serious accidents. Read on to learn how to use wall supports safely to minimise the risk of accidents.
What are wall supports?
Wall supports are, quite simply, either metal or wooden props which hold up walls that are either unfinished or have partially collapsed. They are generally a temporary measure used in construction, refurbishment and excavation. Occasionally they may also be used in fire and rescue missions.
Safety tips for using wall supports
- Never attempt to install wall supports when under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Always wear correct safety gear when working with wall supports including a hard hat and metal-capped shoes
- Wear a hard hat at all times when entering an unfinished or unstable structure
- Never attempt to install wall supports without proper training and supervision
- Ensure that supports are adhered correctly according to the manufacturer’s specifications
- Ensure that the types of supports used are sufficient for the amount of weight they will bear
What to do if you have been injured in an accident at work
If you have been injured in an accident at work due to the collapse of a wall, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is the case even if you have personally installed wall supports incorrectly, as it is likely that your mistake was due to a lack of proper training or supervision. The law states that the victims of others’ negligence must be compensated in terms of their suffering and financial losses.
Accident Advice Helpline
To learn more about personal injury compensation and find out if you may be eligible, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your particular situation in detail and explain the claims process to you. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will be done on a no win, no fee* basis and usually with no need for you to personally attend court. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and has the personal endorsement of consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second online test.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown